Ice dams can be prevented. Contact the experts at Kearns Brothers today!

Ice dams on roofs are a common problem in colder climates where temperatures dip below freezing. During winter months, snow and ice accumulate on rooftops, forming a thick layer that prevents water from draining properly. This can lead to water leaking into your home, which can cause all sorts of problems that could otherwise be prevented. Fortunately, the roofers here at Kearns Brothers have a few ice dam prevention tips to protect your roof. 

Utilize Heat Cables 

Heat cables are a great way to prevent ice dams from forming. Install them along the edge of your roof prior to winter and keep them on all season long. The cables will release low amounts of heat, melting any snow that accumulates and preventing it from freezing over. 

Remove Snow & Ice Dams From Your Roof 

If you already have an ice dam, removing snow from your roof can help alleviate some of the pressure and make it easier to remove the ice. Be sure to use a sturdy ladder when clearing snow off your roof and always work in pairs for safety reasons. Salt or ice melt can be used to melt away existing ice dams without causing damage to your roof. Spread the salt generously over any affected areas and it should help to melt away the ice.

Invest in a Roof Rake 

A roof rake is an excellent tool for removing snow and can help reduce the chances of an ice dam forming. If you’re worried about your roof, using a roof rake before winter sets in can be a great preventative measure. It can remove any snow without causing any damage to your roofing!

Be Better Prepared For Ice Dams

By taking these steps, you can protect your home from damage caused by ice dams this season. Just remember to inspect your roof regularly and use the right tools when attempting to remove snow or ice from it. With just a little bit of effort, you can be on top of this problem and enjoy a safe, comfortable winter!